The Philadelphia Inquirer

September 7, 1975

By Associated Press

Hornets Sting Bell

Highsmith's Run Leads to 10-0 Win

Charlotte, NC – Running back Don Highsmith scored from 27 yards in the final quarter last night, breaking a scoreless tie and leading the Charlotte Hornets to a 10-0 World Football League victory over the Bell.

Highsmith, who was the game's leading rusher with 101 yards on 20 carries, ran around right end and turned up field on the second play of the quarter for the TD. The run culminated a 90-yard, 11-play drive.

Hornets kicker Pete Rajecki added a 37-yard field goal with 1:55 left, his fifth three-pointer in five attempts this season.

The victory gave Charlotte a 3-2 record and three straight wins. The Bell is 2-4.

Philadelphia, having as much trouble as Charlotte getting its offense going in a rainstorm, got its best chance in the final seconds of the game. But the drive ended when Jere Brown intercepted a Bell pass on the Charlotte 2-yard line.

The Bell missed two other chances when placekicker Bob Cooper was wide on second and third-quarter field goal attempts of 43 and 33 yards.

In the first half, neither offense could penetrate the other's 26-yard lines.

The brightest spot in the first half was the punting of Charlotte's Robby Reynolds. Twice he cornered the ball inside the Bell 10, but the Hornets were unable to capitalize.